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May 08, 2006

H&I Fires* 8 May

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61 years ago today, one of the tougher campaigns of WWII came to a close. The Battle of the Atlantic.

Today is a get-SWWBO-to-the-airport-early day, along with an early morning Rotary prep-for-the-change-in-administration breakfast meeting. Hopefully the rest of you will have something to say to feed the multitudes... -The Armorer

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Last year, the Command and General Staff College graduated it's first Iraqi officer. Now we have our first Ranger School Grad.

Capt. Arkan -- for security reasons he gives only his first name -- is a member of the Iraqi army. And he is the first from that force to complete Ranger School.

Most likely, he's also the first one-time enemy soldier to finish the U.S. Army's most elite training program.

"I was in Baghdad on an air defense battery when the invasion of our country began in March 2003," he said. Arkan has studied English since the fifth grade.

Arkan is from a military family -- his dad and six uncles were in the Iraqi Army of Saddam Hussein. He attended the equivalent of the U.S. Military Academy, completed his training in late 1999 and went on active duty that winter.

The rest is here, from the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. H/t, Jim C. -The Armorer

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Just in case you need a "Us vs Them" reminder for the "reality-based" crowd. It's a graphic read, you were warned. H/t, Boston Maggie.

Update: Rusty over at My Pet Jawa provides evidence that indicates the video referred to in the this link is a fake. I've seen the video as Rusty describes it (of the murder of the Nepalese) I have not seen the video the Times article referenced. *Don't lose sight of the fact that Bahjat was *still* murdered*, and that the "Us vs Them" point is *still* valid. -The Armorer

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How about the Air Force's take on the retirement of the Hanoi Taxi? Very cool. Luckily, the Air Force wrote more articles about the plane than the Dayton Daily News did. Huh. Imagine that.... MSM glazing over such a historical event. The only article they ran on her last flight was a story about a father who took his son to see the final landing as a birthday present. No mention about the historical signifigance of the plane- just a kid's birthday. *sigh* Will they EVER learn? ~AFSis

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Murray of Silent Running (and Castle Metalwork Contractor) has reopened his business and lowered his prices! Help Prevent Gnomelessness! The Master and Mistress of Argghhh! have. We're also having some Custom Castle Signage done. -The Armorer

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I guess he didn't like his cell. Moussaoui asks for a new trial...

Moussaoui said in an affadavit "I now see that it is possible that I can receive a fair trial" in the United States.

-The Armorer

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*A term of art from the artillery. Harassment and Interdiction Fires.

Back in the day, when you could just kill people and break things without a note from a lawyer, they were pre-planned, but to the enemy, random, fires at known gathering points, road junctions, Main Supply Routes, assembly areas, etc - to keep the bad guy nervous that the world around him might start exploding at any minute.

Not really relevant to today's operating environment, right? But, it *is*

The UAVs we fly over Afghanistan and Pakistan looking for targets of opportunity are a form of H&I fires, if you really want to parse it finely. We just have better sensors and fire control now.

I call the post that because it's random things posted by me and people I've given posting privileges to that particular topic. It's also an open trackback, so if (Don Surber uses it this way a lot) someone has a post they're proud of, but it really isn't either Castle kind of stuff, or topical to a particular post, I've basically given blanket permission to use that post for that purpose. Another term of art that might be appropriate is "Free Fire Zone".

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